Friday, May 8, 2015

How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies - D.C. Insiderism at Its Worst

In Brief
  • Congress clearly issued a fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange.  
  • The application erroneously stated that Congress only employed 45 people and included obviously fake names. 
  • It was done to gain an exemption and ensure that lawmakers and staffers could keep healthcare subsidies.
  • A few lawmakers now seek to subpoena that application so they can ascertain who lied to steal from the American taxpayer.  
  • But it appears that leadership in both the Republican and Democratic parties conspired to ensure that Americans never know who commissioned this fraud.
You might not want to read this piece so closely after breakfast.  It is guaranteed to make you ill.  This is from Brendan Bordelon, writing at National Review: 
The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. 
The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the Obamacare exemption, it was clear that someone in Congress had falsified the document in order to make lawmakers and their staff eligible for taxpayer subsidies provided under the exchange for small-business employees. 
But until Vitter got a green light from the Small Business Committee to subpoena the unredacted application from the District of Columbia health exchange, it would be impossible to determine who in Congress gave it a stamp of approval. When Vitter asked Republicans on his committee to approve the subpoena, however, he was unexpectedly stonewalled. 
With nine Democrats on the committee lined up against the proposal, the chairman needed the support of all ten Republicans to issue the subpoena. ...
But, ultimately, only 5 of those Republicans supported the subpoena to see which members of congress and congressional staffers were seeking to defraud the federal government and the American people.  Read the entire story here.